August 1-8, 2019
Living Christ in This World
Welcome our Rector, The Rev. Andrew Archie, back from his summer break and meet new CSMSG staff members Alexis Posnanski, Director of Stewardship and Giving, and Mary Beth Tipton, Director of Children’s Education, this Sunday, August 4, on the playground following the 10 AM service. Frozen treats will be available for parishioners, young and old!
SUNDAY PREACHERS

August 4 ..... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
August 11 ... The Rev. Andrew J. Archie
August 18 .... The Rev. Thomas R. Albinson
Father Andrew and Senior Warden Betsy Douglass have commissioned a strategic planning committee to explore how our Church can remain strong and grow even stronger over the next five years. Our work is going well, but we cannot stand still!

The committee, called Faithfully Forward, is comprised of the following Vestry-nominated parishioners:
Patrick Akins
Nic Ayling
Laurie Brown
Anne Davidson
Kate Harris
Jim Holbrook
Tracee Holmes
Tom Horlacher
Gayle Jackson
John Koykka
Stephanie Nash
Sam Panke
Terese Portell
Nancy Reynolds
Patience Schock
Joe Sheehan
John Tyler
The Faithfully Forward committee is now focusing on four key areas:
1) observing what other churches are doing, both locally and nationally, for good ideas that could apply to us, 
2) talking with internal Church staff and lay leaders for their opinions and ideas, 
3) planning for focus groups and a parish-wide survey to take place over the next several months, and 
4) considering the best ways to communicate with everyone in the parish on an ongoing basis, so that everyone is informed, in touch, and excited about what’s going on here at CSMSG. 

We anticipate that the planning will take a year, with a full report presented to the Vestry and the congregation upon its conclusion.   

Faithfully Forward wants your input, ideas, and questions, so please see one of the committee members listed above or email us at CSMSGstratplan@gmail.com anytime. Thank you!
The Faithfully Forward (strategic planning) committee is interested in your views about our Church, and is planning several focus groups and open forums to take place through the summer and fall. If you’d like to participate, please sign up online here or email us at CSMSGstratplan@gmail.com . We’ll also have a sign-up schedule in the Great Hall. Walk-ins are welcome! Thank you for participating and thank you for your prayers.
In Clayton L. Smith’s book, Propel , he writes, “Our theology of money begins with our understanding of the very nature of God. God is the supreme model of generosity. As followers of Jesus, we are called to give of ourselves for the benefit of others and as a witness to our creator.” If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about supporting CSMSG, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alexis Azar Posnanski at aposnanski@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 ext. 4044.
Did you know that on August 6, we will observe the Transfiguration of Christ? As recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, on this day, Jesus took three disciples (Peter, James, and John) up a mountain, where they witnessed his transformation – a complete change in form and appearance into a more beautiful and spiritual state. His face shone like the sun, his garments became brilliant and radiantly white, and a voice from heaven proclaimed “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” It was a display of his divine nature and a glimpse of God’s glory, which Jesus had before he came to earth in human form. 
THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, August 4
NAME TAGS: Please wear your name tags. If you cannot find your name tag, please write your name on the clipboard in the Wydown Narthex. It will be waiting for you on the clipboard next week.

FROZEN TREATS MEET AND GREET: Welcome our Rector, The Rev. Andrew Archie, back from his summer break and meet new CSMSG staff members Alexis Posnanski, Director of Stewardship and Giving, and Mary Beth Tipton, Director of Children’s Education, on Sunday, August 4, on the playground following the 10 AM service. Frozen treats will be available for parishioners, young and old!
THIS WEEK
Friday, August 2
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

Monday, August 5
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: On August 5, we will begin the Way of Love series, which will include podcasts from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. The deep roots of the Christian tradition offer a spiritual path toward a deeper relationship with God, neighbor, and self. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “rule of life.” When we commit to turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest, we are engaging in and growing a rule of life. We will begin each Bible Study with a podcast from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as he teaches us how we can use the Way of Love to train up our spirits, just like athletes train their bodies. Please join us for this nine-week series on Mondays from 9-9:45 AM (in the Armstrong Room)!
Tuesday, August 6
11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

THE CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE HOLIDAY BAZAAR WORKSHOPS:   NO MEETING, NO WORKSHOP!!
Bazaar workshops to resume on August 13 and 20, same place, same times (Sverdrup Room, 10 AM – 2 PM, just in case you forgot).

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, DECEMBER 3: Now accepting consignment-quality items, such as Christmas décor, jewelry, re-giftables, indoor and outdoor decorations, etc. Please…no furniture, clothing, or purses. Place items in the Church Service League closet across from the drinking fountain in the hallway. Have questions: contact Alison Wiedle at arwiedle@sbcglobal.net or 314.307.8300.

11:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

Wednesday, August 7
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM Evening Prayer, 6 PM Dinner, 6:45 PM Class: Living Faithfully: Following Christ in Everyday Life , with Fr. Tom Albinson. 8 PM Compline. The General Thanksgiving, which is said at Morning and Evening Prayer, ends with “…and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.” The next Wonderful Wednesday series will explore how our worship impacts our daily life.

MAKE DATE NIGHT COUNT THIS SUMMER: CREATED FOR CONNECTION, A MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Join the Parent Link on August 7 for our last workshop with Nick Symons. We are learning how to create deeper, loving connections with our spouses through working collaboratively with trained counselors. Dinner is at 6 PM, class is at 6:30 PM, and Compline at 8 PM. Babysitting provided with a reservation.

Thursday, August 8
12:15 PM: Holy Eucharist, St. Mary’s Chapel

BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet in the Sverdrup Room at 7 PM for its monthly meeting/discussion. This is a men's Bible-based group dedicated to Prayer, Study, and Service with a mission of bringing men to Jesus. If you are interested in learning more about this group, email Mike Bickel: BICKEL485@AOL.COM.

Friday, August 9
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY will meet at 8 AM in the Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS
WOMEN'S RETREATS  
SAVE THE DATES!
Saturday, October 5
A One Day Retreat on October 5 will be held at The Church of St. Michael & St. George. Kathleen Davis returns to lead our retreat, Mystical Matriarchs. Throughout time, women have offered us a unique lens on the Holy. Their mystical experiences of God invite us into a deeper relationship with all that is Sacred. Our primary teachers will be Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and Hildegard of Bingen, and how each encouraged us to pray.
Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Weekend Retreat beginning on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 5 PM, ending on Saturday, March 7, at 3 PM. 
Led by The Rev. Suzanne Guthrie, an Episcopal priest.
More information about Suzanne can be found at http://edgeofenclosure.org/aboutsuzanne.html
Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss these retreats!
SHELTER MINISTRY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!
The Church of St. Michael & St. George (we welcome volunteers from all faiths!) has been providing a hot breakfast on Sunday morning to the families at the Shelter for over 25 years. Please consider devoting time to help! We welcome all volunteers - if you are willing, we can use you! Families can volunteer together, and youth - you can earn service hours.
Gateway 180 Shelter is located at: 1000 19th St, St. Louis, MO 63106.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nick Clifford at 314.973.6322 OR ( NICKCLIFSR@YAHOO.COM )
DONATE ONLINE WITH YOUR PHONE!
You can donate online to your favorite ministry by texting on your cell phone. This feature is provided by ACS, the Church's data software. Download instructions.
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"IN THE LOOP!" 
A hearing loop for hearing aid and cochlear implant users has been installed in the main sanctuary. Loop listeners are available for those without a compatible hearing device. more  
PASTORAL CARE
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